BRING IT ON!
After a run-up of nearly two years and wishes for top flight womenâ€™s soccer to return to Los Angeles for much longer, itâ€™s back, as Angel City FC will host their fellow 2022 NWSL expansion side San Diego Wave FC to open up both teamsâ€™ Challenge Cup group stage campaigns at Titan Stadium in Fullerton.
This is ACFCâ€™s first-ever official game, with Freya Coombe in charge and a squad eager to get at it. Since this is the first game, we donâ€™t have a ton of projection to go on as far as how theyâ€™ll play or line up, beyond Coombeâ€™s priors as head coach at Gotham FC and the players on the roster. I think this team will aim to attack and look to take advantage of transition phases, which will be interesting since I expect San Diego to look to be defensively sound.
It is, of course, San Diegoâ€™s first-ever game, too, and the same caveat in projecting their performances applies. Angel City star Christen Press played for San Diego head coach Casey Stoney at Manchester United, so thereâ€™s some inside knowledge, but Stoney has no NWSL experience yet so weâ€™ll see if she can hit the ground running with her side.
Whatâ€™s this game going to look like? A lot of nerves and excitement, probably, but most important, TOP FLIGHT WOMENâ€™S SOCCER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! HELL YES, LETâ€™S DO THIS!!!
Saturdayâ€™s match between Angel City FC and San Diego Wave FC will be streamed nationally on Paramount+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 6 pm PT with kickoff to come minutes later.